Internship Advice Part II

You may have noticed that we’re a little focused this month on resumes, cover letters,  & internships.  Last Wednesday we posted some excellent Internship advice from student Michelle Graven.   Today we’re featuring the wise words of marketing communication student Luke Crawford. 

Luke’s Helpful HInts:

Remember, you’re performing from the moment you send in your application/resumeFrom your social media presents, to you cooperation on the job, you are performing and being analyzed as part of the team. Don’t tweet rude comments about your colleagues, arrive late to the job, or do the minimum amount of work to keep the internship.

Ask to do more, and prove your abilities - It never hurts to offer your assistance and back up your offering with your previous experience. You might be in the mail room, but if there is a corporate even on Saturday, and you don’t already have plans, offer to help!

If you’re passionate, show it - Show your employer that you care. If you work hard and have a standard for work quality you are more likely to enjoy yourself and your employer will likely notice.

Use your internship as a networking opportunity - You and your colleague are both at work, and you both work at the same place. That’s two similarities already! Don’t be scared to get to know your colleagues and foster relationships with the people in the office. You never know when your new-found friendships/relationships will help you on your professional trajectory.

Thanks Luke!  Next Wednesday, we’ll hear from Jessica Kantak.  If you’re working on your resume now, be sure to visit our resume guide, tutorials, & additional info on the Portfolio Center site!

References Available Upon Request

If you’re applying for jobs or internships, you will likely be asked to provide references. Many people include the line “References Available Upon Request”, but are you ready to provide those references?

References vs Letters of Recommendation

Some companies will ask you to fill out an application including contact information for all companies you’ve worked for. References, on the other hand, are hand-picked by you. This is great if you have a mostly-stellar work history, but one blemish - a supervisor you didn’t get a long with or a job you were fired from. You choose 3 - 5 people you think would speak well of you and your skills. Letters of recommendation go one step further, and this is where your references write a brief letter outlining your strengths and skill level. Typically when a job asks for “References” they are looking only for contact information, and not a full letter.

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Ending Your Internship on the Right Note

As you wrap up classes for the semester, you may also be wrapping up your internship.  If all has gone well, you were busy learning, doing, and connecting. But how you leave has a big impact on how you are remembered. Don’t lose the great momentum- here are a few to-do’s as you approach your last day.

Organize Your Projects

Projects often don’t work on a semester schedule like your internship does. Take time to make sure you leave things in a good place – finish projects when possible, or leave detailed notes and organized files for the next person if there is still work to be done.  Your boss, coworkers, and successors will appreciate your professionalism!

Debrief

Even if your supervisor does not initiate it, see if you can set up an ‘exit interview’. This will give you a chance to recap what you worked on and solicit feedback about how you did.  It’s also a great chance to address any logistics that remain, including: can I list you as a reference in the future? I’m really proud of my work on ___. Would you allow me to use it in my portfolio? And finally…

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Time for a Resume Revamp

When it comes to resumes, your work is never done. It’s likely you at least a draft together - maybe from your part-time job or internship search- but if you’re graduating in the next 6 months it’s time to look at your old resume from a new angle. It’s time to shift from you: the student to you: the professional.

In case you missed our resume workshop last night on Resumes for Industry Events, here are a few pointers for revamping your resume to pursue jobs after graduation.

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Navigating the Portfolio Center Website

Hi all, Maddie again.

In case you guys hadn’t noticed, last semester we updated our website. Not only is it easier to find things now, it’s also quite pretty. But still, none the less, finding what you need online can always be a struggle. Especially if you don’t even know what you need. Then you’re in a real pickle. (Fun Fact Side Note: The origin of the phrase “in a pickle” is not as interesting as one would hope.) So I’m here to show you my own recommendations of the top spots on our website with some quick scenarios.

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